Haramokngna “Place Where People Gather”
A vision put forth by local grassroots indigenous people at a 1996 meeting with the Angeles National Forest. Members of the Gabrieleno/Tongva Tribal Council, as well as members of the greater American Indian community made clear desire for an area to reclaim our traditions, culture, and historic connection to the land. The founding individuals sought a destination in the Angeles National Forest to be the place to gather to respect the natural environment and share the rich history of the first Native American people of the Angeles National Forest. As well as be a base for the practice and sharing of American Indian culture of the entire Native American Indian community. The National Forest Service offered the vacant Red Box Fire Station and Visitors Center facility as the best option. It is located at a junction of the Angeles Crest Highway and Mt. Wilson Road, along a traditional trade route used by all the indigenous Nations.
In 1998, in efforts to move forward, the community formed Ne’ayuh, “Friends” in the Tongva language as the forming non-profit to guide Haramokngna American Indian Cultural Center. Then Ne’ayuh began recruiting volunteers from the community to renovate the Center. After several months of hard work and dedication the facility was ready for its grand opening on May 28, 1999.
Programs & Workshops at the Center
Ne’ayuh began providing programs and workshops to the community in Spring of 2000 from a generous Seed Fund grant from the Liberty Hill Foundation. This leaped Ne’ayuh to become project of Community Partners, which helps with the legal and administrative aspects of a tenant relationship with the Angeles National Forest.
For the next nine years Ne’ayuh endeavors grew the Center onto the three acres, by adding a Gallery, Museum, and a Learning Center. As the center began to grow, Ne’ayuh sought to partner with a Native American Indian non-profit organization. After much board and community consideration Ne’ayuh partnered with Pukuu, Cultural Community Services (“Pukuu”). In September 2009, Ne’ayuh transferred over to Pukuu as its administrative partner.